Now that I’ve whittled myself a leaner, meaner version of @DavenAnderson, it’s relevant to discuss why and how your Twitter presence can so easily get out of control.
Twitter is total anarchy. You’ll need to use third-party apps such as Tweetdeck and JustUnfollow to shave it down just to a semi-anarchic state. Even after that, certain things will still slip through, such as the paid-for-each-click linkbaiters who will literally fill your feed with links.
Since I actually have to work for a living, why should I support someone making money off of affiliate links? 😈
This is one of the many, many reasons why I prefer Facebook. You see, on Twitter, even one ‘wrong’ follow can seriously jeopardize the relevance of your feed. By contrast, three ‘wrong’ friends out of 800 would barely affect your Facebook feed.
Even if those ‘wrong friends’ did somehow manage to ‘take over’ your feed, Facebook gives you the option to block a friend from your feed while still remaining friends with them. This is of little, if any, use on Facebook. The odds are, if someone’s Facebook posts bothered you enough for you to block them, you would most likely unfriend them. Staying ‘friends’ with someone while blocking them from your feed is precisely the kind of ‘symbolic friendship/follow’ I referred to in my previous post, An all-too-common social media trap I’m digging myself out of.
Ah, but I must admit when it comes to Twitter, being able to block a follower from your feed while still following them would have an undeniable appeal for many, many users. Feed-blocking would make much more sense on Twitter than on Facebook. I may be contradicting just a bit of what I said in the previous paragraph, but (let’s face it) Twitter follows in general just aren’t as important, informative or multi-leveled as Facebook friendships. This is the very reason why I’ve decided that I don’t have to automatically follow someone on Twitter just because I’m good friends with them on Facebook. As the famous Facebook status says, “it’s complicated.”
In fact, with Twitter, the best idea would be to go one step further and have a “whitelist-only” feed, which would show only Tweets from users you selected, regardless of whether you follow them or not. An App I would call “Select-A-Feed”. Too bad I’m not a coder, or I’d already be working on this.
Might be time for me to start a Kickstarter… 😉